If a wise man behaves prudently, how can he be overcome by his enemies? Even a single man, by right action, can overcome a host of foes.
~ Saskya Pandita (Fourth of the five Venerable Supreme Sakya Masters of Tibet. 1182-1251 C.E.)
As we celebrate the holidays and the Full Moon in Cancer this week, the Knight of Pentacles comes calling for the first time since 2005.
Of course, the court cards of the Tarot are the people cards and are quite often, literally, the people you know. They may or may not be the same sex as the figure in the card, and they may in fact be some aspect of yourself. Therefore, to decide who this might be, here are some characteristics for you to consider.
The Knights of the Tarot are the champions, the energetic and often forceful movers and shakers of the Court. We have certainly had lots of visitations this year from the other Knights.
However, the Pentacles are ruled by the element of Earth. So here we have a Knight who is a sturdy, well-grounded person who is rarely in a big hurry.
Instead he (or she) is methodical, calm, and even a bit conservative. “Slow and steady wins the race,” would be his motto. His timing is perfect for this first week of the Sun in Capricorn, a cardinal Earth sign that suits him very well.
Unlike the other, more adventurous Knights, this one sits quietly on his horse, looking out across the fields that await planting. In his hand, he holds the Pentacle that is his wealth and investment for the future. His helmet and his horse are adorned with greenery, reinforcing his connection to the Earth, perhaps even the Green Man.
Because he will never start something he isn’t determined to finish, he can be cautious and take a long while to make up his mind.
But once committed, he is rock-solid. He refuses to acknowledge obstacles, instead taking a dogged approach in the pursuit of his goals. A hard-worker, he has tremendous stamina and dedication. Every job is always completed down to the last detail. He never multitasks or leaves anything dangling unfinished. He’s careful and prudent, never wasteful.
Work comes first for him and he can be inflexible about little details. He doesn’t much like change or risk and might sometimes tend towards pessimism (in the name of being “realistic”).
To a fiery Wands type, or brainy Swords people, the Knight of Pentacles might seem a bit stodgy and dull. True, he’s not known for his speed, charm, charisma or intellect, and he is seldom the life of the party. But he is practical, direct, and down-to-earth. He’s the level-headed one you want nearby in any kind of emergency. And when he gets around to giving his heart, it is for keeps.
This Knight would never allow himself to be pushed over any kind of “fiscal cliff.” He well knows such simplistic terms are pure posturing, a soundbite description that obscures both truth and solutions.
With the Full Moon this week in its home sign of Cancer, the emphasis is on home, security, and nurturing. This Knight, although not emotionally watery like Cancerians, would certainly agree that these matters comprise the essential foundation for a good life.
Therefore, in this first week of Winter, with the holidays at their peak, he invites you to celebrate the simple goodness of hearth and home. Similarly to how he holds his coin thoughtfully before him, spend time dreaming of what you wish to plant for a fruitful new year.
Is there a situation you currently face that demands a cautious, even conservative response? Pause if you need to, and don’t get pushed. Survey your options before you act.
Being careful with your money, investments and valuables would be wise. Perhaps the Knight is a trusted adviser you could turn to on these matters.
Have you been working too hard? For many of our ancestors, routine work was forbidden in this holy time of year. There was wisdom in this, don’t you agree?
Or could it be possible that you are being a little too stubborn on some matter, especially something to do with resources, home, or health?
This Knight may tend to believe his is always right, because he takes his time and does his homework before making a move. So, he reasons, how could he be wrong? And yet, change is what life is all about.
Good stewardship of the Earth is his ultimate mission, and we would all do well to pay him heed.
His gift to you is to be more prudent, persistent, and to slow down and focus. Consider well the right action, and no difficulty can defeat you.
But his challenge is to be swift, flexible, and more lighthearted when needed.
May the Knight of Pentacles offer you his blessings of abundance, patience, and persistence in this sacred time out of time.